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36% of Ukrainians find conscription level insufficient - survey

A soldier of the 93rd Kholodnyi Yar Separate Mechanized Brigade rests after a combat shift in Donetsk Oblast, March 28, 2024.
A soldier of the 93rd Kholodnyi Yar Separate Mechanized Brigade rests after a combat shift in Donetsk Oblast, March 28, 2024.

36% of Ukrainians believe that the current level of conscription in Ukraine is insufficient, according to a nationwide survey conducted on Feb. 17-21 by the Ukrainian polling group Rating and funded by the USAID.

While 30% of those surveyed believe conscription rates are at an optimal level, a larger segment, 36%, views them as inadequate. Conversely, 19% feel the conscription rate is too high, and 15% remain undecided.

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The survey also highlighted regional and demographic disparities in opinions. In Ukraine's central regions, 41% of respondents deemed the conscription levels too low, compared to only 27% in the eastern areas. Younger Ukrainians, particularly those under 29, were less inclined to view conscription as insufficient, with only 20% expressing this viewpoint.

When asked about their reluctance to be conscripted, the second most cited reason was perceived unfairness in the conscription process. The primary concerns were fear of death, injury, or capture, along with doubts about adequate equipment and support.

The survey was conducted in the entire government-controlled part of Ukraine on Feb. 17-21, 2024, using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI). The error of representativeness of the survey with a confidence level of 0.95 does not exceed 2.2%.

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